4 things you didn't know about Nutritional Therapy

Jessica O'Dwyer Nutritional Therapist More by this author
Wondering how to improve your health and wellbeing? Jessica O’Dwyer, Nuffield Health Nutritional Therapist, explains why starting with Nutritional Therapy makes more sense than you might think.

It’s about more than just weight

Nutritional Therapy seeks to adjust the chemical balance in your body by altering what goes into it and when. It’s about providing your body with the right mix and balance of nutrients to perform at its best, whatever your goals are.

Yes, for some people, the aim might be to change their body’s composition – that could be reducing fat, achieving a healthy weight, increasing muscle mass or improving bone density. But maybe you’ve been told you need to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol levels - adjusting your diet is part of making these changes, while learning why and how to make these adjustments ensures you can stick to them.

Nutritional Therapists are highly trained

It's common to hear this: “There’s so much information online and in diet books - why pay for a Nutritional Therapist to tell me the same thing?” Unlike many self-styled, popular ‘health gurus’ seeking fame and fortune, our Therapists are trained to degree level and their primary concerns are your health and wellbeing.

Nutritional Therapists use evidence-based research to make their recommendations. Their approach encompasses the patient-focused functional medicine model. This model focuses on identifying problems with your body’s systems that may be contributing to symptoms of ill-health and disease.

The one-hour initial consultation means they are able to take the time to listen to your health history and provide personal nutrition advice. On top of this, they’ll make comprehensive lifestyle recommendations and conduct blood, urine or stool tests where applicable and necessary.

Nutritional Therapy can help manage other conditions

This cannot be stressed enough – it’s not just about weight. Nutritional Therapy can also help with:

  • Weight management, weight loss and obesity
  • Skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and rosacea)
  • Digestive disorders (IBS and constipation)
  • Mental health issues (stress, low mood, depression and anxiety)
  • Heart health, cholesterol concerns and high blood pressure
  • Allergies and intolerances
  • Eating disorders
  • Functional sports nutrition and event preparation
  • Bodily health issues (Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, and Osteoporosis).

You won’t just be told to eat salad

Nutritional Therapists are champions of balance and variety - they're concerned with the nutrition that your body needs and guiding you in the variety of ways you can access and enjoy it.

You might discuss how to make better food choices when hunger strikes, adjust your portion sizes, or be introduced to food swaps that better suit your physiology.

It might be a case of looking out for hidden sugars in your lunch, learning what triggers emotional eating, or getting guidance to balance complex nutritional needs of family members. Above all, you'll receive recommendations that are practical for you to implement into your daily routine.

Working with a Nutritional Therapist, you’ll receive detailed and personal advice and guidance that’s unique to your needs, goals and circumstances. Contact us today for a free 10-minute chat, and see whether Nutritional Therapy can help you too.

Tuesday 23 May 2017